Frozen Shoulder-Causes and Treatment

You are approaching your late 30’s and you realize it is gradually becoming difficult to lift your hand to do simple tasks like fetching a jar from the top shelf or holding the danglers hanging from the roof of the metro to take support for a long time. You ask for help too often from people around you for things you could easily do on your own a few years back. Depression sets in with pain in your shoulder joints. You try painkillers, cold compresses, and antidepressants too. You feel better for a while and again as days go by, the pain and discomfort sets in. You ask yourself then, “How do I get rid of shoulder pain?”

Pain, injury, or a chronic health condition may lead to less frequent use of joints which gradually can develop into a frozen shoulders. Any shoulder pain may lead to a frozen shoulder by loss of range of motion because of less frequent use.

How do you know you have a frozen shoulder?

Ask yourself:

  1. Have you lost your range of motion?
  2. Do you feel a continued radiating pain in your shoulder joint?
  3. Do you feel painful shoulder joint movement?
  4. Do you feel weak very often?
  5. Can you feel stiffness in your shoulder joints?

Causes of shoulder pain:

  • Overexertion can cause shoulder pain due to strain
  • Tendonitis can be a reason which is also due to overuse of shoulder joints
  • Instability of shoulder joints
  • Dislocation of joints
  • Fractures
  • Frozen shoulder

How can you treat frozen shoulders?

Drug therapy for frozen shoulder:

  • Use of anti-inflammatory medication
  • Use of pain relievers and anti-depressants
  • Local corticosoids injection

However, these shall be helpful in relieving pain temporarily but are not a cure.

Frozen shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis) can be a real hurdle in the way of your normal living. Whether you are young or aging, it is advisable to consult a good physiotherapist to treat a frozen shoulder as soon as you face such problems discussed above.

Drug-free therapy for frozen shoulder:

  • Physiotherapy exercises
  • Pendulum stretch
  • Towel stretch
  • Finger walk
  • Cross-body reach
  • Armpit stretch
  • Outward rotation
  • Inward rotation
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Mobilization of shoulder joints
  • Manual therapy with glides and slides of joints

Electrotherapy for frozen shoulder

  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • IFT for pain relief
  • Laser therapy for reduction of inflammation
  • UST with Phonophoresis

Although physiotherapy exercises are the best drug-free method to treat frozen shoulders, the use of the latest physiotherapy treatments and aids can speed up the healing process bringing faster relief and comfort to the patient.
Physiotherapy exercises improve the range of motion in all planes and give strength and endurance.

The use of the latest physiotherapy techniques helps in better pain control.

If you are facing severe or chronic pain in shoulder joints, it is always advisable to consult the best physiotherapists who can help you relieve the pain not lingering for long. The more you delay in getting an assessment done, the longer your pain shall persist. Physiotherapy at home is also very common recently where you do not have to step out and your physiotherapist comes to treat you in the comfort zone of your home.

Do’s and Don’ts for people suffering from frozen shoulder

Here are some do’s and don’t that one should follow to live a smooth life even after being diagnosed with a frozen shoulder.

  • Check the range of motion
  • Get an assessment done
  • Avoid overhead fetching
  • Avoid lifting or anything that aggravates the pain
  • Apply moist heat twice daily with a local anti-inflammatory gel
  • Avoid lying down on the affected side

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